Children's Vaccination Records

By law in Ontario, Public Health needs:
  • An up-to-date vaccination record, or
  • A valid exemption form

This is required for each child attending a licensed child care centre, licensed home child care agency (Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014) or school (Immunization of School Pupils Act).

Parents are responsible for providing up-to-date vaccination information.

Check your Vaccination Records

You can check to see if your child has the vaccines they need to attend child care or school by:

Get your Child Vaccinated

To have your child vaccinated, visit your health care provider or book an appointment with Public Health.

Report your Child's Vaccinations

You can report your child's vaccination by:

  • Completing our online form
  • Calling 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7425
  • Faxing your vaccination record (yellow card) to 905-688-8225

More Information

  • Recommended vaccinations

    In addition to the required vaccinations, Public Health strongly recommends these vaccinations:

  • Answering your child's questions

    Toddlers and preschoolers should be told they will be getting a needle just before getting the vaccine. School-aged children can be told at home that they will be getting a needle. Answer the question:

    • Why do I need a vaccine? with "To help you stay healthy."
    • What will happen? with "The medicine will be put in your arm with a needle."
    • How will it feel? with "You might feel a poke or a small sting that will last a few seconds."

    After the needle, tell your child that they did well. Positive recognition and rewards after the procedure, such as stickers, help a child feel good about the skills they learned during the procedure.

  • Suspension from school letters

    Your child could be suspended from school if their immunization records are not up to date.

    Letters are sent out to parents in advance if a suspension is pending.

    If you have received a school suspension letter, find out what your options are.

  • Exemption forms

    You will need a valid exemption affidavit for your child to attend school or child care if:

    • You choose not to vaccinate your child for conscience or religious reasons
    • Your child has a medical exemption

    Niagara Region Public Health can't accept an affidavit that has been altered, faxed or photocopied. If you require an original for your personal files, have the Commissioner of Oaths complete two forms.

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